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Monday, November 07, 2005

Congratulations Americans (and Australians)

Riverbend, an Iraqi blogger, reminds us what the "liberation" of her country has brought:

"We literally laugh when we hear the much subdued threats American politicians make towards Iran. The US can no longer afford to threaten Iran because they know that should the followers of Sadr, Iranian cleric Sistani and Badir’s Brigade people rise up against the Americans, they’d have to be out of Iraq within a month. Iran can do what it wants - enrich uranium? Of course! If Tehran declared tomorrow that it was currently in negotiations for a nuclear bomb, Bush would have to don his fake pilot suit again, gush enthusiastically about the War on Terror and then threaten Syria some more.

"Congratulations Americans - not only are the hardliner Iranian clerics running the show in Iran- they are also running the show in Iraq. This shift of power should have been obvious to the world when My-Loyalty-to-the-Highest-Bidder-Chalabi sold his allegiance to Iran last year. American and British sons and daughters and husbands and wives are dying so that this coming December, Iraqis can go out and vote for Iran influenced clerics to knock us back a good four hundred years."

This is what the "Coalition" has created in the Middle East. Would anybody like to discuss how well the country is progressing?


Blogger Wombat said...

Not sure I entirely agree. With his plunging polls about looking they like will set some kind of record, I would not put it past the Bushies to start a fight with Syria or Iran (or both) just to stem the tide.

Interestingly, Iran have invited the UN to have a look around their secret facilities. I think for them, scoring political points against the US and their lunatic in chief at the UN, is reward in itself.

Truly bizzare is how fortunes have changed so dramaticlly for Chalabi. He's due to arrive in Washingotn to give a speech, and is apparently Washington's preferred candidate as Iraq's new leader for the next election. Not bad for someone who gave away US secrets to teh Iranians.

It sems Al-Jaafari is too chummy with Tehran for Washington's liking. Perhaps the part abotu Iraq becomming a democracy will have to wait till anothr time.

Monday, November 07, 2005 11:02:00 am  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

It'd be funny...if it wasn't so tragic. The plan was never to make Iraq a democracy...and only ideologues believed it was.

Monday, November 07, 2005 11:29:00 am  
Blogger smiths said...

average iraqi's understand that an extremist shiite coup d'etat has occurred in iraq,
attacking iran would be a disaster for us forces in iraq but this wont stop the US admin from doing it,
like anthony said the iraq war was not about creating democracy, it was about creating chaos and riding it,
they have an airforce which is almost idle and can hit about 5000 targets in one night, everything would be worse and thats just the point,
the funny thing is i dont think even john howard really understands this, thats what makes him tragic rather than genuinely disgusting,
i actually think he believes it all even if he knows its all built on lies, he's just not privvy to the deeper layer of lies and motives

Monday, November 07, 2005 1:50:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

I think you underestimate Howard. He is an intelligent man for sure, but every bit as duplicitous and conniving as his fellow travellers in Washington and London. The recent terrorist threat farce, and the Tampa incident, are just small examples of what he is capable of.

I think Howard is a shill and sycophant, mesmerised by power and delusions of grandeur. I thnk we can expect to see more of the same and much worse from him.

Monday, November 07, 2005 2:06:00 pm  
Blogger orang said...

Agree 100% with addamo_01.
One thing John Howard is not, is naive.
He knows exactly what's been going on and how to play the game. . Where the US and British public are beating up on their respective governments for the Iraq shambles, Howard is Mr Teflon. No doubters of his "doing the right thing" here in Oz. ANZAC spirit and all...Special Forces..woo hoo..The ALP opposition,? puhhleaze

Monday, November 07, 2005 5:54:00 pm  
Blogger brokenleg said...

And it is absolutely no coincidence that the day the reformist movement in Iran started to decline was the exact same day Bush made his axis of evil speech.

Monday, November 07, 2005 7:01:00 pm  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

What will occur is a total destruction of the Irani ability to wage war or attack any country. But there will be no occupation.

They will have to rebuild on their own. The US government has learned the lesson of Iraq.

They are not europeans. No Marshall plan for the vanquished.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005 12:45:00 am  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

your rantings become more delusional by the day. Yes, America should invade every country it doesn't like, but in a benign way.
Yet another armchair general, you are.
Grow up.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005 9:57:00 am  

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